It’s time to sip an authentically vintage cocktail! Gin sling is such a classic cocktail that it was an iconic American drink long before the term cocktail was coined in writing in 1785.
Gin, brandy, whiskey, or rum were used to make the original slings. It was the way to make a drink long before famous bartenders liked it. Jerry Thomas started working behind the bar in the late 1800s. The most well-known version of the gin harness today is far more complicated.
In all honesty, most modern drinkers will enjoy this gin sling recipe. As you can see, it’s a very different drink than a traditional gin sling. This version is tall and refreshing, with just the right amount of sweet, sour, bitter, and herbal flavors. It’s a fantastic cocktail and a refreshing change from simple sodas and fizzy drinks like rickey gin.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- Angostura Bitters script
- 3 to 4 ounces sparkling water
- Garnish: lemon spiral
- Collect all of the ingredients.
- Pour the gin, sweet vermouth, syrup, and bitters into an ice-filled shaker.
- Shake vigorously.
- tension in a Collins glass with fresh ice
- Pour in the soda, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve.
You can also drink gin sling like the first Americans. As you can see, it's a simple drink recipe that consists primarily of diluting and sweetening a shot of gin. Having said that, despite its simplicity, it is a fantastic drink.
David Wondrich devotes four pages to the topic of slings in his book "Imbibe!" It's a fascinating read for anyone interested in cocktail history, and it's where much of the advice in this recipe comes from.
Wondrich's observation that, aside from nutmeg, even Jerry Thomas had difficulty distinguishing the toddy from the sling is particularly intriguing. Whatever you do, don't leave out the nutmeg! It's what sets this gin harness apart.
- To make a traditional gin, combine 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 ounce of water in an antique glass. Add 2 ounces of gin and a few ice cubes to the glass. Finish with freshly grated nutmeg and stir well.
- To make a whiskey sling, rum sling, or brandy sling, use gin instead of modern gin.
- To make a "hot gin sling," simply use hot water instead of cold.
Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 302Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 9mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 2gSugar 20gProtein 1g